Day 12- PAWS and BD's Mongolian Grill

I wrote about Ashley Ferri last year because of the way she opens gifts.  She really makes the givers of each gift feel as if they have chosen and wrapped up treasures.  It's just plain nice, and we had another lovely Christmas with her.

I thought that maybe she would also be good at giving, and I asked her to choose a charity for us to donate to in her honor today.  She didn't disappoint.  Ashley asked us to send her donation to the shelter where we adopted General from, and we were happy to oblige.  The organization is called PAWS (Pets are Worth Saving) in Anna, IL, and they do great work.  They are a not-for-profit group, and it is also important to us that they are a no kill shelter.  They count on donations of money, food, and supplies as their primary source of funding to keep them going.  They gave us our General, one of the most precious gifts we have received to date, and all they asked in return was a small donation.  We have been donating there regularly ever since, especially when they send us extra flyers with pictures of adorable animals on them that say times are tough.  The work that they do to rescue and care for animals is oh so important.

Here's the baby picture we found online that got us interested in our sweet boy and PAWS three years ago this winter.  If this doesn't make you want to donate, then I just don't know what would.  I hope that Ashley squeals with delight about this donation the way that she does when she opens presents. : )


It's been a while since I've done a math lesson.  Here goes.

Carolyn + Ryan + Love + Monogolian BBQ + Tom + Me + Love= a wonderful evening with great friends

I don't know who this BD guy is who keeps popping up all over the place, but he sure does know what he's doing with a grill.  There are few things as exciting as cramming a bowl full of all the steak and vegetables I can, having someone grill it, stuffing it into a tortilla with rice, and seeing how much of it I can fit into my stomach.  Add catching up with some of my favorite people, and this made for quite an enjoyable dinner.  The extra credit bonus is that we discovered that Tom and Ryan share a deep love for kitten videos.  They just may end up being as good of friends as we are!

Thank you, BD's Mongolian Grill, you made my day.


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